A Celebration of Women Writers
Clicking on "N" will bring visitors not only to a photo of Edith Nesbit, but to a listing of links to more than a dozen Nesbit texts that are available to readers online. This site is devoted to making accessible as much women's writing as possible. (To access the list a different way, visit University of Pennsylvania's Online Books Page.)
E-text of The Railway Children
All 309 pages of the novel The Railway Children is available as part of the online Victorian Women Writers Project. Also included here are the original illustrations that accompanied the novel on its first publication.
Edith Nesbit & The Railway Children
Webmaster Pete Coleman maintains an easily navigable and very comprehensive site about all things Edith Nesbit: her biography and bibliography, the film versions of her classic children's novel, and Nesbit-related links.
The Edith Nesbit Society
This is another lovingly maintained site devoted to the author Edith Nesbit and her novel.
The Railway Children
The official Web site for the 2000 production of Edith Nesbit's classic The Railway Children offers a glimpse behind the scenes of not only the remake, but also the 1970 film version. Included here are interviews with cast and crew and a biography of Edith Nesbit herself.
The Golden Age of Children's Literature
The 1890s Society
This comprehensive Web site contains extensive links to all things artistic and literary about the decade.
Children's Writing at the Turn of the Century: A Lasting Impression?
This lengthy article, written by Jacquelyn Lewis, provides an overview of the period from 1870 to 1910 which saw such a tremendous flourishing of children's literature in England.
The Elizabeth Nesbitt Room: A Goodly Heritage
Produced by the Information Sciences Library at the University of Pittsburgh, this site contains a wealth of information about "the history of children and their books and media," including entries on specific authors and illustrators. Of particular interest here is the Illustrators Project, featuring the work of, among others, Beatrix Potter and Howard Pyle.
Vandergrift's Children's Literature Page
Rutgers University professor Kay Vandergrift maintains this comprehensive page on the subject of children's literature -- its influences, its stars, and its meaning for its readers. Vandergrift paints a wide swath with her Web site, covering topics ranging from detective fiction for girls to cookbooks based on children's literature.
Literature in Victorian and Edwardian England
The Victorian Web
The Victorian Web, produced by Professor George Landow at Brown University, is an invaluable resource for contextualizing a comprehensive list of Victorian authors in terms of literary movements and genre, social history, political history, religion, science, etc.
Victorian Web Sites
This Web site, produced by Professor Matsuoka at Nagoya University in Japan, provides dozens of links to sites dealing with seemingly all aspects of Victorian culture. In addition to leading the user to dozens of author-related Web sites, this is an excellent resource for Victorian primary sources (for example, medical and legal documents) of interest to both the student and the Victorian aficionado.
With a focus on English literature, the online discussion list group Gaslight specializes in providing e-texts that are not readily accessible to readers of "mystery, adventure, and the Weird." A review of one text a week is posted for discussion among visitors. Golden Age authors found at Gaslight include Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Kenneth Grahame, H. Rider Haggard, G.A. Henty, Rudyard Kipling, George Macdonald, Robert Louis Stevenson, and Edith Nesbit herself.
Page by Page Books
With an ever-growing library of books available for free online reading, Page by Page Books has a healthy mix of both English and American authors -- and no shortage of children's literature. Here you can find multiple offerings by Mark Twain, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Lucy Maud Montgomery, and many other writers who contributed to the growth of children's literature. Texts are listed alphabetically by title.
Project Gutenberg is a 30-year-old organization dedicated to making significant texts accessible and free to readers. Conducting a search by title or author for the work you're interested in reading will bring the desired text to your desktop. The works of many of the authors profiled on this Web site, including Edith Nesbit, are included at Project Gutenberg.
Children's literature of the Golden Age presents quite a presence on the Web. There are many excellent Web sites and fan pages devoted the individual authors of this period, and many include e-texts of their work. Here is just a sample listing to get you started.
Louisa May Alcott -- Teacher Resource File
Edgar Rice Burroughs -- The Official Tarzan® Web Site
Lewis Carroll -- Lewis Carroll Home Page
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle -- Elementary, My Dear Reader: How to Become a Sherlockian
George Macdonald -- The Golden Key: The George Macdonald WWW Page
Beatrix Potter -- Beatrix Potter
Howard Pyle -- A Story Artist
Anna Sewell -- Black Beauty: The Autobiography of a Horse
Robert Louis Stevenson -- The Scottish Writers Project
Briggs, Julia. A Woman of Passion: The Life of Edith Nesbit, 1858-1924. New York: New Amsterdam Books, 1987.
Crouch, Marcus. The Nesbit Tradition: The Children's Novel 1945-1970. London: Benn, 1972.
The Golden Age of Children's Literature (Overviews)
Carpenter, Humphrey. Secret Gardens: The Golden Age of Children's Literature. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1985.
Darton, F. J. Harvey. Children's Books in England: Five Centuries of Social Life. 3rd ed. Rev. Brian Alderson. London: British Library, 1999.
Eyre, Frank. British Children's Books in the Twentieth Century. London: Longman, 1971.
Fraser, Robert. Victorian Quest Romance: Stevenson, Haggard, Kipling, and Conan Doyle. Plymouth, England: Northcote House, 1998.
Hunt, Peter, ed. Children's Literature: An Illustrated History. New York: Oxford University Press, 1995.
Hunt, Peter. An Introduction to Children's Literature. New York: Oxford University Press, 1994.
Norton, Donna E. Through the Eyes of a Child: An Introduction to Children's Literature. 3rd ed. New York: Macmillan, 1991.
Styles, Morag, Eve Bearne, Victor Watson, eds. After Alice: Exploring Children's Literature. London: Cassell, 1992.
Wullschläger, Jackie. Inventing Wonderland: Victorian Childhood as Seen Through the Lives and Fantasies of Lewis Carroll, Edward Lear, J.M. Barrie, Kenneth Grahame, and A.A. Milne. New York: The Free Press, 1995.
Literature in Victorian and Edwardian England
Baden-Powell, Robert. Memories of India: Recollections of Soldiering, and Sport. Philadelphia: David McKay, Publisher, 1915.
Cross, F.J. Character and Empire-Building. Introd. the Earl of Meath. London: Cassell and Company, 1911.
Gender and Children's Literature
Cadogan, Mary, and Patricia Craig. You're a Brick, Angela!: The Girls' Story 1839-1985. London: V. Gollancz, 1986.
Clark, Beverly Lyon. Regendering the School Story: Sassy Sissies and Tattling Tomboys. New York: Garland Publishers, 1996.
Low, Juliette. How Girls Can Help Their Country. Adapted from Agnes Baden-Powell and Sir Robert Baden-Powell's Handbook, 1917.
Nelson, Claudia. Boys Will Be Girls: The Feminine Ethic and British Children's Fiction, 1857-1910. New Brunswick, New Jersey: Rutgers University Press, 1991.
Reynolds, Kimberley. Girls Only?: Gender and Popular Children's Fiction in Britain, 1880-1910. New York: Harvester/Wheatsheaf, 1990.
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